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Like other page layout applications, InDesign allows users to control the appearance of every element on a page. It helps format elements with style sheets, which collect formatting attributes for easy replication. But that's where the similarities end. InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets demonstrates why InDesign's style sheets are far more powerful than anything found in any other page layout program. Pioneering electronic publisher and author Deke McClelland goes to the heart of InDesign's style sheets, and discusses how they define and guide just about every other program feature. He covers how to format words, paragraphs, whole frames, objects, tables, and even entire stories with a single click. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for InDesign Style Sheets from the Exercise Files tab.
In this exercise, we are going to assign our new Step leader style to the actual step leaders inside of our document. The document in question being Step leader style.indd or if you have been working along with me this entire time, Page 191, both of which are found of course inside of the O4 Charstyles folder. Now, I am going to go ahead and double-click and drag like so across, Save your artwork, up here in the upper left hand corner of the document. Because I have a keyboard shortcut assigned to Step leader, you may or may not have been successfully able to assign such a keyboard shortcut depending of course on your keyboard whether you have a numeric keypad or not.
I am going to press Ctrl+5 that is Ctrl+5 on the numeric keypad, the 5 has got to be on the numeric keypad, that would be Command+5 on the Mac in order to style that text. What if you don't have a numeric keypad or you just want to try a different option? Well, we have got three other steps to style here, I am going to go down to step 1 here of the next step section of course. I am going to go ahead and select Open the revise butterfly composition. like so in order to select all that text and I will press Ctrl+Enter, the standard Enter key, not the Enter on the keypad and that would be Command+Return on the Mac and Step leader is automatically selected for me, but if it weren't, it might not be for you, then just go ahead and enter step l like so, up here in this area so that you highlight Step leader.
The reason I am asking you to enter some text up in this area is that makes it easier to reapply the style over and over again. Alright, so now that we have selected this, all I have to do is press the Enter or Return key in order to apply said style as it is not applied inside the Character Styles palette, you can see that. Let's go ahead and hide the Character Styles palette because this is a more common way to work, you wouldn't have the Character Styles palette, just sitting out there ready and accessible if you were taking advantage of the quick apply feature. I am now going to select this text right here, Make a new layer.
like so and I will press Ctrl+Enter+Enter, just like that, because that style is still selected, so just Ctrl+Enter+Enter, on the Mac that would Command+Return+Return. Then I will go ahead and select this text, move the new background layer backward. and I would press Ctrl+Enter, you see what I am saying, it is still selected, isn't that awesome. Enter again, you don't have to do anything, you don't even have to pause. On the Mac, you would press Command+Return+Return. So, you can just barrel through the application of the styles inside of your document, if you so desire, if you like to barrel through things, if you want to get work done fast, if you are the kind of person who wants to get work done really slowly, well then, don't take advantage of these automation functions.
Alright, in the next exercise, we are going to update both this Step number and Step leader styles in one fell swoop, won't you join me?
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